(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a nonprofit hospital in a county of the third class may enter into a joint powers agreement with any public agency, as defined in Section 6500.
(b) Nonprofit hospitals and public agencies participating in a joint powers agreement entered into pursuant to subdivision (a) shall not reduce or eliminate any emergency services, as a result of that agreement, following the creation of the joint powers authority without a public hearing by the authority.
(c) The joint powers authority shall provide public notice of the hearing to the communities served by the authority not less than 14 days prior to the hearing and the notice shall contain a description of the proposed reductions or changes.
(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to grant any power to any nonprofit hospital that participates in an agreement authorized under this section to levy any tax or assessment. Nothing in this section shall permit any entity, other than a nonprofit hospital corporation or a public agency, to participate as a party to an agreement authorized under this section.
(Added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 432, Sec. 4.)